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Onward California: UC and Cisco celebrate a long-standing collaboration

Whether you know it or not, the University of California has probably played a part in your day — from the batteries developed for the hybrid car you drive, research that helped grow the fruits and vegetables you eat, or friends and family members that may have attended or work at one of the world-class UC campuses, national labs, or life-saving medical centers.

And Cisco’s connections with UC run deep. According to LinkedIn, nearly 5,100 Cisco employees have a UC degree.

The UC system has launched the Onward California tour to encourage thousands of passionate supporters to share why they think UC makes California better. The tour celebrates some great UC people and innovations, many of which may surprise you, and has some fun, interactive ways you can share your UC connections.

As a California-based company, we’re proud to host a stop and encourage our employees, regardless of where you went to college, to join UC staff in celebrating the collaboration.

UC’s Onward California Mobile Tour will be coming to Cisco’s San Jose Campus on September 17, 2012 in the parking lot between bldgs. 4 & 5 from 11 am – 2 pm.  Come show your support for UC and for higher education in California, and get a free ice cream treat. We look forward to seeing you there!

Learn more about the campaign, and some of the groundbreaking research conducted through the UC system at www.onwardcalifornia.com.

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Cisco Sports & Entertainment – Sustaining Is Standing Still; How Technology Continues To Create A Global Experience

The 2012 London Olympic Games provided one of the most connected global experiences ever. Myriad streams of content were available on TV and online, not to mention on multiple devices, including smartphones and tablets. I am in awe of the incredible performances by athletes, how smoothly everything went for operators, and of course how dynamic all the venues were for sport. Read More »

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See You at the 2012 IBC!

For those of you heading to Amsterdam this week for IBC, we – Cisco and NDS  – will be doing our first trade show together. Cisco’s stand is located in The Connected World at 14.115, Hall 14, and the NDS stand is at A71, Hall 1. We hope you can come by and see us. We have plenty of speakers representing Cisco on panels throughout the conference, so please stop in at one of the sessions we list in our release.

Our mission and passion as Cisco’s Service Provider Video Technology Group, now including NDS, is to reinvent the TV experience, together.  By integrating the teams and technologies of NDS and Cisco, we can help media companies and service providers innovate faster and farther, by differentiating video services, and driving new revenue streams. Read More »

Connecting the Conventions and Bringing You the Real Inside Scoop

This week I got the chance to go to the Democratic National Convention for Cisco’s newsroom website, The Network. As Blair Christie announced last week in her blog The 2012 U.S. National Conventions: Compelling, Collaborative… Connected  - Cisco is the official networking provider to both the RNC and DNC conventions.

Covering big events like this is something our team loves to do, many of us have a journalism background but now we don’t necessarily look for stories about the event – now we look for stories about the technology that enables the event. Not just any technology but, of course, the networking technology that makes this national event possible. While my photographer and I walked around and got interviews with engineers, the CIO and the programming director for Cisco and the DNC – we watched as journalists and social media influencers walked the floor grabbing images and quotes from people and quickly turning everything around on their twitter accounts and sending the information back to get it on their websites. I have to admit we did get caught up with the rest of the media waiting for the first lady to come out on stage to greet everyone before the event even started, but come on – who wouldn’t wait for that image.

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Cisco’s new hyperscale approach to Connected Physical Security

What you need to know

In an increasingly connected world, Big Data is the latest buzzword making the rounds of venture capitalists and enterprising young startups. It offers the opportunity to turn raw data into business-impacting insights to boost sales, cut costs, and decrease cycle times. A similar revolution is happening in Video. Thanks to Moore’s law, ever higher pixel counts, and manufacturing improvements, cameras (and more importantly the software to analyze the video they capture) are proliferating. These new technologies take video surveillance to an all new level. While protecting people and assets, they can also count the number of people waiting in line at a checkout counter, generate a heat-map of the most-trafficked area of the store, and help streamline traffic flows on busy street. These increasingly intelligent camera systems will create a new capability we call Video Intelligence. This is similar to Business Intelligence, or data-mining, except that by turning video into information, it turns every camera into a real-time sensor of the real world.

Physical Security-enabled Business Transformation

The benefits of video intelligence will enable businesses and governments to radically transform the way they do business and deliver services. A video intelligence system will be an integral part of an organization’s IT infrastructure. It will run on a converged network and will connect every branch to the data centers. This will lead to a proliferation of cameras and a need to bring back the video and analytics data in realtime. We believe that this will lead to a dramatic increase in the scale of the deployment of video. Hyperscale deployments require systems capable of digesting huge video flows.

So what is a hyperscale system?

A hyperscale system is one that is capable of providing massive amounts of information and  real-time intelligence to people and devices at massive scale for a specific purpose, at global scale.  For example, think of Google, the GPS systems you use to navigate, Apple’s Siri voice recognition system or IBM’s Watson.  The emergence of hyperscale systems and the need for them, have changed the way we work, live learn and play.

Introducing Cisco Video Surveillance Manager 7.0

On Sept 6, Cisco announced Video Surveillance Manager 7.0, the industry’s first end to end system built from the ground-up and certified to run in Cisco’s UCS virtualized computing environments delivering all of the IP-based applications for Connected Physical Security together as an integrated end-to-end system. These new solutions now make it possible for customers in healthcare, public sector and retail to move beyond traditional basic safety and security surveillance deployments and use video to transform the way they run their businesses through hyper-scalability and ease of configuration.  Cisco also introduced a compete new line of IP video surveillance cameras, an extension of its medianet strategy and remote management services, to help IT and security teams partner to implement very-large scale video deployments.

These new systems are capable of providing significantly greater benefits to businesses and organizations worldwide. hyperscale physical security systems will deliver intelligence and business capabilities at a fraction of the cost, and complexity of traditional physical security systems.

Powered by Cisco’s award winning Cisco Unified Computing System and Unified Data Center / Virtualization technologies, and end-to-end Medianet technologies and architectures these new systems are now becoming much faster, denser, and far simpler to use, manage and deploy, providing more than 10 times improvement in performance, space savings and TCO. Cisco’s new hyperscale systems are capable of supporting more than 10,000 streams of video on a single integrated system, with integrated applications.  Hyperscale systems have the advantage they can support the needs of not only security but also can be used for business operations, day to day, to improve efficiency and to deliver new capabilities to government and enterprise businesses.

To learn more, please check out the links below or stop by to see Cisco’s new hyperscale systems at ASIS 2012 in Philadephia (booth #213): http://www.cisco.com/go/asis

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